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I start the blog tour with the review of the fantasy book by Drea Damara, in the land of Farwin Woods and Blinney Lane where creatures like stroomphbutals reside, curses show their effects and varied characters make up this colorful tale…

Digital Reads Blog Tours presents The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane by Drea Damara.


My review

The book had me so excited to begin with. I loved knowing about Blinney Lane and its residents who were cursed. The story had Sarah liking the delivery man Henry, and her usual routine life of managing the book store, but unable to leave Blinney Lane. Enter her nephew Ricky and things change when Ricky opens the forbidden book case to give the Weeping book to Shelby. Lo and behold, the next day, she is coma. Sarah and Ricky then have to save Shelby by magical means.

The story till this point was exciting and fun. I got to know both the past and the present events. Sarah, as the strict aunt, had her moments of seriousness and joviality. Ricky was insolent at times, I couldn’t force myself to care about him much. I guess he was a typical teenager.

The other residents of Blinney Lane were more thrilling. I would have loved to know their stories, hopefully in the next few books. The story had a plot within a plot with both curse of Blinney Lane and the secret of Farwin Woods making its presence felt.

My first book by author Drea Damara, I liked the way the entire town of Blinney Lane and Farwin Woods were described along with its people and creatures. I loved stroomphblutels. (What are they? You have to read the book to know that)

Then came my niggles, the plot lost its way, the pace slowed down, the characters behaved weirdly.

But the book still managed to hold my interest and I could finish it in a few hours. Overall an enjoyable read.

My rating : 3.5 stars

About the Author


Drea Damara grew up in Illinois working on her family’s farm. Raised in a home of seven with only one television, she spent her free time reading and roaming the woods. She set writing aside to join the Army and later returned to the Middle East, conducting similar work as a civilian. Drea enjoys writing in multiple genres and is currently at work on her next novel

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Book blurb

Sarah Allister just wants a normal life running her bookstore and daydreaming about the handsome deliveryman. Contentment seems within reach, even if she has to deal with the daily phenomena that occur in her shop.

But when her spirited nephew shows up to spend the summer, all bets are off. Now Sarah must keep Ricky from discovering the curse of Blinney Lane and awakening its full power.

Will Ricky heed Sarah’s warnings? Or will he accidentally awaken the magical weeping books and send Sarah back to a land she swore to forget?

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Product Details

Publication date : 27th September, 2018

Publisher : Indigo
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20 Responses

  1. Stroomphblutels? 🤔🤔 That’s one of the weirdest but at the same time most intriguing names that I have heard for what I think are some type of creatures in a while.
    This is definitely a book I would be interested in reading, and 3 stars certainly doesn’t sound bad. Wonderful review Shalini! 😊😊😊

    1. Thank you so much, stroomphblutels are cute rest of creatures not so much. There is a history behind this word to be revealed in the interview

  2. Great review Shalini. Glad you still enjoyed this one despite the few issues. I don’t usually read this genre but I am curious about this one and the town and the its residents. Plus stroomphblutels, whatever that means 😀

    1. Hahaha town residents were all cursed, so they were all varied and fun… Stroomphblutels are creatures in Farwin woods… Good fun in the first half

  3. Right? The past and present narrations was completely amazing! I love how it was then presented. I’d still be looking forward for the next ones. Still not abandoning this world created. It’s lovely.

    Shalini, you nailed this review btw!

  4. I also wondered what a stroomphblutel was until I read the previous comments. I am trying to move out of my comfort zone and try more fantasy, this one sounds like it might be one to fit the bill. I will watch for your upcoming interview.

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